Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2021: Ocean Disposal Sites, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/52793.

Item Identification

Title: Ocean Disposal Sites
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2016-09-14
Abstract:

In 1972, Congress enacted the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA, also known as the Ocean Dumping Act) to prohibit the dumping of material into the ocean that would unreasonably degrade or endanger human health or the marine environment. Virtually all material ocean dumped today is dredged material (sediments) removed from the bottom of waterbodies in order to maintain navigation channels and berthing areas. Other materials that are currently ocean disposed include fish wastes, human remains, and vessels.

Ocean dumping cannot occur unless a permit is issued under the MPRSA. In the case of dredged material, the decision to issue a permit is made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, using EPA's environmental criteria and subject to EPA's concurrence. For all other materials, EPA is the permitting agency. EPA is also responsible for designating recommended ocean dumping sites for all types of materials.

Purpose:

To support coastal and ocean planning and other activities pursuant to the Energy Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Rivers and Harbors Act and the Submerged Lands Act.

Notes:

11058

Supplemental Information:

Spatial_Reference_Information:

Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:

Geographic:

Latitude_Resolution: 0.00001

Longitude_Resolution: 0.00001

Geographic_Coordinate_Units: Decimal degrees

Geodetic_Model:

Horizontal_Datum_Name: D WGS 1984

Ellipsoid_Name: WGS 1984

Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.0

Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257223563

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Human Dimensions > Environmental Governance/Management
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
None borrow
None dredged material
None dredging
None ocean disposal
None ocean dumping
None placement area

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America
None United States

Physical Location

Organization: Office for Coastal Management
City: Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Distribution Liability:

NOAA makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding the availability, quality, accuracy, content, completeness or suitability for the user's needs of such information. The services, information, and data made available on the Marine Cadastre web site are provided "as is" without warranties of any kind. These data are intended for coastal and ocean use planning. Not for navigation. https://marinecadastre.gov/about/disclaimer.html

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 755765
Date Effective From: 2016-09-14
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Distributor

CC ID: 755767
Date Effective From: 2016-09-14
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 755768
Date Effective From: 2016-09-14
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Point of Contact

CC ID: 755766
Date Effective From: 2016-09-14
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Extents

Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 755763
W° Bound: -177.394197
E° Bound: 173.539233
N° Bound: 64.500389
S° Bound: -14.425

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 755762
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2016-08

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:

None

Data Use Constraints:

These data are intended for coastal and ocean use planning. Not for navigation. https://marinecadastre.gov/about/disclaimer.html

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 755769
URL: ftp://ftp.coast.noaa.gov/pub/MSP/OceanDisposalSites.zip
URL Type:
Online Resource

URL 3

CC ID: 755771
URL: https://marinecadastre.gov/data/
URL Type:
Online Resource

URL 4

CC ID: 755772
URL: https://www.coast.noaa.gov/
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 755774
Activity Date/Time: 2016-09-14
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 755773
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-14
Description:

Converted from FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using 'fgdc_to_inport_xml.pl' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 755775
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08
Description:

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Data Quality

Accuracy:

The attributes in this dataset are believed to be accurate.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Maximum scale of intended use is 1:80,000.

Completeness Report:

Spatial and attribute properties are believed to be complete, although attribute information has been simplified. Geometric thresholds from original data are preserved. No tests have been completed for exhaustiveness.

Conceptual Consistency:

These data are believed to be logically consistent. Geometry is topologically clean.

Lineage

Sources

Disposal Sites for Ocean Dumping

CC ID: 755778
Contact Name: US Government Publishing Office
Publish Date: 2016-06-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016-06
Citation URL: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=041c73386957857db786d54eb03d9021&node=se40.25.228_115&rgn=div8
Source Contribution:

Data from CFR, ENC, RNC, and USACE were used to compile this dataset. | Type of Source Media: online

Dumping Ground

CC ID: 755779
Contact Name: NOAA Office of Coast Survey
Publish Date: 2016-06-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016-06
Citation URL: http://encdirect.noaa.gov/
Source Contribution:

Data from CFR, ENC, RNC, and USACE were used to compile this dataset. | Type of Source Media: online

Ocean Disposal Database

CC ID: 755780
Contact Name: U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Publish Date: 2016-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016-01
Citation URL: https://odd.el.erdc.dren.mil/
Source Contribution:

Data from CFR, ENC, RNC, and USACE were used to compile this dataset. | Type of Source Media: electronic mail system

USACE_Placement_Areas

CC ID: 755781
Contact Name: US Army Corps of Engineers
Publish Date: 2016-04-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016-04
Citation URL: http://rsc-agisu.usace.army.mil/s1arcgis/rest/services/National_Admin/USACE_Placement_Areas/FeatureServer
Source Contribution:

Data from CFR, ENC, RNC, and USACE were used to compile this dataset. | Type of Source Media: online

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 755782
Description:

+ Go to http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=041c73386957857db786d54eb03d9021&node=se40.25.228_115&rgn=div8 and record all ocean disposal info into a spreadsheet including lat/long data

+ Import sheet into ArcGIS, convert to xy coordinates, and export as a point feature class

+ Convert point feature class to polygon by connecting corner coordinates and joining attribute info

+ Project features recorded in NAD27 to NAD83 and replace in main feature class so that all features will be in NAD83

+ Go to http://encdirect.noaa.gov/ and download the following at full extent:

Approach_Dumping_Ground_point, Approach_Dumping_Ground_area

Coastal_Dumping_Ground_point, Coastal_Dumping_Ground_area

General_Dumping_Ground_point, General_Dumping_Ground_area

Harbour_Dumping_Ground_point, Harbour_Dumping_Ground_area

Overview_Dumping_Ground_point, Overview_Dumping_Ground_area

+ Import all of these layers into a single geodatabase

+ Union this feature class with the CFR feature class and merge and combine features where overlap occurs, giving the CFR features the most importance

+ Data was obtained from the Ocean Disposal Database manager (justin.l.wilkens@usace.army.mil) via email in a spreadsheet

+ Import sheet into ArcGIS, convert to xy coordinates, and export as a point feature class

+ Convert point feature class to polygon by connecting corner coordinates and joining attribute info

+ Union this feature class with the CFR feature class and merge and combine features where overlap occurs, adding in the status info from the ODD

+ Add the service http://rsc-agisu.usace.army.mil/s1arcgis/rest/services/National_Admin/USACE_Placement_Areas/FeatureServer to the ArcMap session

+ Select by attributes WHERE "PLACEMENTTYPE" = OCEAN and export into a new feature class

+ Union this feature class with the CFR feature class and merge and combine features where overlap occurs

+ Compare between all layers, removing duplicates, and compare to NOAA_RNC continuous raster at ArcGIS on egisws02.nos.noaa.gov\RNC as a guide

+ For features that had no data in the size field, the data were split up and projected into their respective UTM zones, geometry calculated in square nautical miles, and data added back to the main feature class

+ Delete all superfluous fields.

+ Check geometry and project data into WGS 1984 Auxiliary Sphere

Process Date/Time: 2016-07-01 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity (ENT) Ocean Disposal Sites

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 52793
Metadata Record Created By: Anna Verrill
Metadata Record Created: 2018-05-31 13:19+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-07-02 15:17+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-10-26
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-10-27